Secret Fed Loans Gave Banks Undisclosed $13 Billion

Discussion in 'Wall St. News' started by ElecEquity, Nov 28, 2011.


    "The Federal Reserve and the big banks fought for more than two years to keep details of the largest bailout in U.S. history a secret. Now, the rest of the world can see what it was missing.

    The Fed didn’t tell anyone which banks were in trouble so deep they required a combined $1.2 trillion on Dec. 5, 2008, their single neediest day. Bankers didn’t mention that they took tens of billions of dollars in emergency loans at the same time they were assuring investors their firms were healthy. And no one calculated until now that banks reaped an estimated $13 billion of income by taking advantage of the Fed’s below-market rates, Bloomberg Markets magazine reports in its January issue.

    Saved by the bailout, bankers lobbied against government regulations, a job made easier by the Fed, which never disclosed the details of the rescue to lawmakers even as Congress doled out more money and debated new rules aimed at preventing the next collapse.

    A fresh narrative of the financial crisis of 2007 to 2009 emerges from 29,000 pages of Fed documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act and central bank records of more than 21,000 transactions. While Fed officials say that almost all of the loans were repaid and there have been no losses, details suggest taxpayers paid a price beyond dollars as the secret funding helped preserve a broken status quo and enabled the biggest banks to grow even bigger. "

  2. It's a good thing Bloomberg penned the article, otherwise the pollyanna's around here would be screaming "conspiracy theory".
  3. Isn't that exactly what the Fed is supposed to do? Be the lender of last resort? Are people really shocked that they loaned unprecedented amount of money in the middle of the biggest financial crisis since the depression?

    The title makes it seem nefarious, but if they didn't loan the money then they wouldn't have been doing their job.

  4. The numbers sound about right, I guess...
  5. Oh, you can look it up and be sure that YOU know it...
  6. $13 BILLION? Isn't that just a "rounding error"? Doubt any politico or regulator will bother to look into it.
  7. What's a few billion between friends?